Deputy Sheriff J. V. Cogdill

Deputy Sheriff J. V. Cogdill

Union County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, October 23, 1937

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J. V. Cogdill

Deputy Cogdill was killed after a suspect that he had just removed from a dance hall attacked him. After the suspect killed Deputy Cogdill, he stood over the Deputies body deciding what to do next. He then walked back into the dance hall and turned himself in. He was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. In 1952 the suspect was pardoned.
Deputy Cogdill had been with the agency for 22 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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Thank you all for your kind words and meaningful expressions. JV Cogdill was my great grandfather. My grandmother told me several things about the incident and to see this person pardoned was difficult to swallow. Your prayers and again, your comments for our family are appreciated. I was born in 1944 so I never knew my great grandfather. But as you say, his memory lives on.

John Bookout
Great Grandson

October 16, 2021

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